Former state official to head gambling board

Stephen Crosby, a former top official under governors Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift, will head the powerful new commission that will decide many crucial casino regulations.

Most Occupy Boston protesters get one year of probation

Of the more than 20 protesters arraigned today, most agreed to plead guilty to trespassing and received probation.

Bank of America ranks last in customer satisfaction survey

Credit unions and smaller banks generally scored better than big banks, but even among the biggest retail banks, Bank of America came in last.


School-assignment plan — a relic in need of a full overhaul

A fear of segregation drives Boston’s labyrinthine school lottery system, but the city must find a better way to overcome the sins of the past.

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With holiday decor, how much is too much?

For every spouse who sees an enormous illuminated Santa and thinks “that’s just what my chimney needs!’’ there’s often another with a less charitable view.

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Cheri DiLauro with her daughter, Taylor Rocco, 4, as they looked over some of the tree decorations they have made over the years.

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DiLauro gets her family together, both young and old, and they decorate, wrap presents, and make crafts together.

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Two of several decorations that Cheri has placed around her home to make it cozy for Christmas.

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Homemade decorations, like this glittered gingerbread man made by her daughter, adorn the tree at Dilauro's home.

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Some books placed in the corner of the couch for reading. "On Top of The World" has a picture of Taylor inserted.

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Two important portraits surround an Elf on the Shelf, daughter Taylor's christening photo on the left, and a portrait of Cheri with her grandmother, Martha, on the right.

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A Santa drives off with a reindeer in a toy car.

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Just another holiday newsletter - or is it?

A family’s annual missive includes glad tidings of a bundle of Joye and other upbeat news in a down economy.

US alleges fraud in Friendly’s case

The owner of Friendly Ice Cream Corp. allegedly made moves to avoid paying retirement benefits to nearly 6,000 workers and retirees.

“People may think he’s faking or he’s not telling the truth, but that man walks the walk and talks the talk.”

Broncos safety Rahim Moore,  on Tim Tebow’s spirituality


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Maureen Feeney is one of two candidates for the city clerk post.

Councilors quiz Feeney on clerk’s job

When the Boston City Council interviewed Maureen Feeney as a finalist to be the next city clerk, it may have done more than rile advocates calling for a transparent search.


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Obama’s advisers say GOP moving too far right

Advisers outlining the president’s 2012 strategy said they believed the Republican primary process will push the party’s candidate too far out of the mainstream to win.

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‘Eddie Coyle’ steps off the page

Bill Doncaster and Stickball Productions have turned George V. Higgins’s crime novel, “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,’’ into an atmospheric, enjoyable theater piece at Oberon.


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Wreck the halls

The National Retail Federation predicts Americans to spend $46.73 per person on holiday decorations. But the NRF doesn’t keep stats on couples who disagree on how much — if any — should be spent on decking the halls.

Fall All-Scholastics


The Watertown Raiders hold their trophy aloft as they react to their 3-1 victory over Oakmont in the Div. 2 field hockey state final at Worcester State University on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.

Fall All-Scholastics: Honoring the area’s best

A Boston Globe tradition continues as we toast local athletes from Barnstable to Georgetown for their achievements this fall.